This family tree focuses primarily on Sherrods, Browns, Mannings, Williams, Wimberlys, Parnells, McKays, and Coxes. Much of the information is drawn from recent research that plots the movement of the Browns, Sherrods, Mannings, Williams, and Wimberlys into Northwest Louisiana between the mid-1820s and the mid-1840s. These families appear to have a common origin in Colonial Virginia.
From that point of departure, many members of these families—principally of English, Scottish, or Irish nationality—migrated into the Carolinas. By the years shortly after the American Revolution, some like the Sherrods had located in Tennessee. The Mannings, Williams, and Wimberlys found their way to Georgia. The Browns appear to have moved directly from Virginia into Alabama at some point after the War of 1812. It is likely that the “Alabama Fever” that captured the imagination of Southerners drew both the Browns and Sherrods into Madison County, Alabama where they accumulated significant land-holdings near the Flint River.
By no later than 1819, William Sherrod wed Mary Brown, tying the two family lines together. Less than a decade later, several Browns and Sherrods had moved to Northwest Louisiana. They were among the earliest settlers along the banks of the Red River in what became the parishes of Natchitoches, Claiborne, Bienville, DeSoto, and Red River. The death of William Sherrod some time after 1826 made Mary Brown eligible to marry Simon Manning in November 1830.
In the five decades that followed, the interaction of the Brown, Sherrod, Manning, Williams, Sprowl, Harville, Bryan, and Friend families is quite representative of the fascinating history of Northwest Louisiana’s Red River Valley from its early settlement through the latter years of Reconstruction. During the mid-1870s, many members of this extended family kinship network—all bound together by ties of finance, marriage, and circumstance—made the move to Texas.
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